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The government of Chad has requested that the Peace Corps send Volunteers to teach English in underserved (primarily rural) schools. This TEFL project provides a structural framework for Volunteers and their Chadian counterparts to follow, facilitating the development of future initiatives. All Volunteers, regardless of sector, also receive training in the promotion of HIV/AIDS awareness.
 Peace Corps History
Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Chad
The Peace Corps first sent Volunteers to Chad in 1966 and since then has provided many years of assistance in the areas of education, health, well construction, and forestry. In 1979, the Peace Corps withdrew from Chad because of a tenuous political situation and civil strife. During the hiatus, Chadians fondly remembered the assistance that the Peace Corps had provided and, as a result, invited Volunteers to return in 1987. Volunteers were evacuated to Cameroun and France in December 1990 due to a coup d'etat, but returned after two weeks to resume their service. The Peace Corps continued to operate in Chad with solid programming and strong collaboration with the government. Because of concerns over Volunteers’ safety, however, the program was suspended once again in 1998. Despite these suspensions, Volunteers created lasting bonds with Chadian communities throughout the country. Following an assessment in 2002, the Peace Corps restarted the Chad program in September 2003 when a group of 20 trainees began work on a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) project. On April 22, 2006, the program was officially suspended due to increasing instability throughout the country. The program remains closed.
 Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles
Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Chad
The ministry you will be working for, in collaboration with Peace Corps staff, decides where you will be posted. Members of Peace Corps/Chad staff review proposed sites for appropriateness, safety, and security. You are unlikely to know your post until the last few weeks of pre-service training because staff members need time to evaluate work sites and get to know each trainee individually before making placement decisions.
Sites range from large administrative towns to small villages. Peace Corps/Chad arranges for housing, relying on the resources available in each community. It tries to ensure that Volunteers have lodging that allows for independence and privacy, but you have to be flexible in your housing expectations. You may be lodged in a small, one-room hut within a family’s compound. Your house may have walls made of concrete or mud bricks and a tin or thatched roof. A typical Volunteer house consists of a sitting room, a bedroom, and a cooking area. Some houses have inside toilets and shower areas while others have nearby pit latrines. You probably will not have running water and electricity, which means that your water will come from a well or river and that you will spend your evenings reading by a candle or lantern.
Main article: Training in Chad
The 11-week training will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Chad. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, the history of Chad and its people, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you will build your experience as a Volunteer in Chad.
Training will combine structured classroom study, directed study, and independent study, with the maximum possible number of hours spent out of the classroom. At the outset of training, the training staff will outline the training goals that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer and the criteria that will be used to assess achievement of those goals. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training goals by providing you with feedback throughout your training. After successful completion of pre-service training, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.
 Your Health Care and Safety
Main article: Health Care and Safety in Chad
The Peace Corps highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps/Chad maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Chad at private clinics. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
 Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues
Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Chad
In Chad, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Chad.
Outside of Chad’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. Foreigners appreciate the generous hospitality of the people of Chad; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
- Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
- Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
- Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
- Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
- Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
- Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
- Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
 Frequently Asked questions
Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Chad
- How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Chad?
- What is the electric current in Chad?
- How much money should I bring?
- When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
- Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
- Do I need an international driver’s license?
- What should I bring as gifts for Chadian friends and my host family?
- When will I be given my site assignment and how isolated will I be?
- How can my family contact me in an emergency?
- Can I call home from Chad?
- Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
- Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 Packing List
Main article: Packing List for Chad
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Chad and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Chad.
- General Clothing
- Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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